Floor Heat Systems, Inc. Corrects Fox News Video How to Prevent Space Heater Fires

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Fox News reported that in the winter months, space heaters are the “go-to for heat-up”. But what the video omitted is that electric radiant floor heat is the one fail-safe way to warm a cold room.

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After over a decade in this business, I never heard of a fire started by electric radiant floor heating.

Floor Heat Systems, Inc., suppliers of InfraFloor™ electric radiant floor heat, announced corrections to the Fox News video titled, “Four ways to help prevent a space heater fire”, in the interest of transparency, full disclosure, equal time and the public’s right-to-know.

According to the Fox News video, the four ways to prevent space heater fires are:

  •     Keep space heaters at least three feet from curtains, drapes, bedding and upholstered furniture.
  •     Make sure the space heater is certified by Underwriters Laboratories.
  •     Never leave the space heater unattended.
  •     Avoid using extension cords.

The video stated that space heaters are the “go-to” in winter months despite causing 53,000 home fires in 2011, as was also noted in the video. But space heaters come up short compared to InfraFloor heated floor systems when it comes to safety, comfort and energy efficiency.

Here’s why. Space heaters concentrate thousands of watts of heat in one area. It’s too hot near the space heater and too cold and uncomfortable farther away from the space heater. Hence the high risk of fire because people often place space heaters too close to upholstered furniture and bedding where they are sitting or sleeping. Space heaters are also placed at the perimeter of the room, putting drapes and curtains at fire risk, in an attempt to blow warm air across the middle of the room. Space heater fans cause warm air to rise to the ceiling where it is wasted and they circulate dust, dirt and other allergens.

In contrast, InfraFloor heated floors are safely installed under the floor and evenly distributed across the room at 11to 15 Watts per square foot. Think of the heat from a 60-Watt light bulb spread over every five square feet of the floor. Electric radiant floor heat is not only safe, but effective for warming the floor and the room. InfraFloor infrared heat does not warm the air and does not rise to the ceiling. It is attracted to people and objects so occupants feel warmer than with convection (air-blown) systems. 100% of the energy is directly warming from floor to head level. And, since there are no fans, InfraFloor does not circulate dust, dirt and allergens.

All InfraFloor heating systems are UL compliant and hard-wired under the floor at installation so there is no need to worry about extension cords, curtains, drapes, bedding, upholstered furniture or leaving the floor heat unattended. InfraFloor heated floor systems clearly provide a superior long-term solution to winter’s cold, compared to space heaters, in terms of safety, energy efficiency, health and comfort. What’s more, stated Russ Dunn, VP Marketing for Floor Heat Systems, “After over a decade in this business, I never heard of a fire started by electric radiant floor heating”.

Homeowners and professional installers can confidently and conveniently shop the InfraFloor secure and verified website, programmed in the USA and reliably operating 24/7/365. Many buyers choose to call the toll-free “heatline” to speak with knowledgeable and trusted professionals to help them navigate their floor heat options. InfraFloor’s candid, informative and respectful company sales representatives are prepared to answer floor warming installation questions by phone or email.

Floor Heat Systems, Inc. is a USA supplier of UL compliant, energy saving, affordable, electric radiant floor warming systems. It provides free shipping on most orders, fast-response planning expertise, installation and technical support for floor warming systems. A 100%/90-day return policy with no restocking fees rounds out Floor Heat System's “customer–first" policy. To learn more, visit: http://www.infrafloor.com.

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